In 2014, I decided to turn toward academia to explore some of the things I've been fascinated by in the world of music making.
I am in my third-year of postgraduate research at the University of Liverpool's brilliant and eccentric music department.
My study examines the aesthetic of age in the voice in contemporary pop music. I argue that in some cases this constitutes a site of resistance to normative assumptions of sex, gender and sexuality.
As well as including studies on the voice and how these singing stars navigate their own celebrity, my work is underpinned by phenomenological, feminist and queer perspectives on identity, and of course, discourse on age and ageing processes.
In other words, I spend a lot of time listening to, and watching the performances of, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell and Grace Jones.
Dr Freya Jarman and Prof. Sara Cohen are co-supervising my project, which is funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.